I fell in love with that dusty blue/grey/green dress, fur and corsage in the background of this photo. Technically I am not plus size, but I look forward to the Evans fall/winter collection. So me!
Mme Bruni has a new website, I learn. Good for us. We are going to take a closer look at her preferences. Do not be fooled by that subtle appearance and the permanent smile, though. There is an iron will behind that woman. Look what she did to poor
"In the space of a few weeks, I have been propositioned by at least a dozen men. As I wait to cross the road, at Saint Michel, a man old enough to be my grandfather leans over towards me and whispers seductively in my ear: "Jolies fesses" (nice bum)."
I am sceptical about the new age trend. I've been there, done that. Mainly I do not like it because it envolves rich and famous people boosting each other's bank accounts. More importantly, because it envolves embracing a pantheistic approach which can easily derail your soul into the waves of the new age "goods" of self-centered "help".
However, some of the ideas that new age uses are quite sound, and it helps to remember to practice respect to our God given bodies.
Start with sleep. Sleep eight hours or more each night.
Then try eliminating "white" foods, those that are made with sugar, white flour and milk. If you eliminate them one at a time, start with flour, then eliminate dairy and then sugar. Sugar is easier to quit after a few weeks of no other "white" stuff.
Exercise regularly.Start by walking 15 minutes a day and add a minute every day for the first month.
Police your thoughts and deal with your feelings constructively. Most of the background chatter in our mind is worrying, judging, criticizing, defending and complaining. Catch yourself and create a distraction by redirecting your thoughts toward the things that you are grateful for and optimistic about.
Eat real foods. Returning to a more natural way of eating is the best way to avoid disease and premature aging. It also keeps the weight off. Buy organic foods, shop in your local farmer's markets. Increase the consumption of vegetables, fruits, seeds, grains and legumes.
* Avoiding all refined carbohydrates including white flour and sugar
* Avoiding all foods with chemical preservatives and flavorings including foods that contain toxic elements (such as heavy metals, e.g. tuna)
* Drinking at least one to two liters of pure water daily to help the body clean and detoxify itself
* Eating fruit and vegetables that are ripe, fresh and as free of chemical fertilizers as possible
* Minimizing tea, coffee, dairy products, and alcohol* Boosting your health and vitality with a diet rich in organic, ripe fruits and vegetables.
* Eating protein such as white fish or white meats with each meal
* Sleeping at least eight hours a night and practicing some gentle exercise, yoga or meditation every day to reduce the effects of stress on the body.
Two interesting books to read while getting on track Sweat Your Prayers: Movement as Spiritual Practice and Clean: A Revolutionary Program to Restore the Body's Natural Ability to Heal Itself.
The latter involves:
I shall also add: maintain a religious practice that is close toy your heart and culture. Sing grace.
I love a classic beauty. The sculptured bodies, the perfect cheek bones. I never give up on the thought that one day soon I shall be my perfect self. The thing is, as I am nearing 40, that I don't have time to strive for that perfection. I am not giving up, but I am not giving in to the perfect fantasy. Perfection was for those perfect Spartans who exercised all day building strong bodies and strong wills. I am mostly sitting, agonising over the next deadline on a hosuing project and dealing with more or more often that not less humane customers.
Which brings me to the subject of this post. "Over 1,500 people are expected to attend Full-Figured Fashion Week, which starts today in New York. A group of ladies dubbed "fatshionistas" hope the event will open retailers' minds to fashionable plus-size clothes.Fatshionistas (...) read French Vogue."
Although I have stopped calling myself "fat" just before my 30th birthday, and honestly, you wouldn't call me fat, full figured and light boned perhaps, I have a feeling for fatshionistas. I look forward to looking into the reports (and reporting right here on my favorite designers and creations, if any such be).
I have watched Oprah Winfrey's show from the time I was a college student. Nobody did what she did at the time, and nobody will ever stand in her shoes. She is who she is and she is unique. I like Oprah and I admire her for, among others, turning herself into the person she wants to be.
But, really, the weight battle, is something Oprah really wants to do? Or is it a feature of who she is that her entourage wants to keep on the front page so that many women might identify with her struggle?
I have subscribed to O, The Oprah Magazine, from the first moment I knew of its existance, that was the second issue. It/She has kept me company in good moments and not so good, and she has stayed on my shelves alongside Town and Country and Vogue.
As you know I am overweight myself. And I have struggled with my weight in the last six years. I have dieted and exercised and listened to tapes. But what I believe is that, I and possibly Oprah, and most probably millions of women around the globe, put the diet issue in their diaries, not because they feel objectively bad about what they see and how they feel,but because they feel compelled to fit the bill: if you are not slim, you must at least make it public you try!
I very much like American Vogue. And I think Ms. Wintour who recently suggested that Oprah should loose weight, is a lady who dresses well. But is she someone I want to identify with? Is she someone I admire? And who would I admire, you ask? Someone who is happy, I'd say. Someone who enjoys life (like Lilly). Someone who doesn't look like suffering from chronic constipation. Someone who doesn't waste life worrying and torturing herself.
Would Oprah like to be thinner? Probably yes. Would I like to be thinner. Probably so. Would I or Oprah or any woman like to be happy? This is something we should all aspire to. Take a look at those pictures above and answer spontaneously: Where does Oprah look her happiest? That is where she is supposed to be.
(All photos US Magazine.com)
I read today that Kirstie Alley got her old weight back. I am not surprised at all. For many reasons. First, because all diets eventually fail, full stop. Second, as far as I can say she has not made a pact with the evil one, so she grows up as any normal woman do. Third, she has always been a succulent kind of a woman. Much as I like Kate Moss' fashion sense, for example, Alley wasn't born with that body type. She belongs to an era of real women that produced the likes of Cindy Crawford, real women, with real bodies.
In the June issue of Vogue, UK, Christa D'Souza asks: "This security blanket of self-control I've lived under for the past two decades, this treating of the bread basket as if it had an electric fence around it, this Chicken Little-like belief that the sky will fall in if I have the biscuit that goes with the coffee at the hairdresser's, or if I eat the crusts off the kids' toast - sometimes I wonder what, exactly, it is all in aid of... Am I the only person in the world who devotes such energy, such head space, such precious, precious time to the topic?"
That is exactly the point; do real women have the luxury of concentrating so much time, thought, effort and money on keeping their weight within some fashion industry specified limits, or otherwise wear a blanket? So, Ms.Alley got some extra pounds...and? She is a beautiful woman as she is. Wouldn't she be much happier if she were embracing her voluptuous shape and enjoy her life?
Look at the new Sophie Dahl book, Miss Dahl's Voluptuous Delights. After years of fighting herself, Ms.Dahl seems to enjoy herself more:she posed, she acted, she wrote, she tried, and she now embraces yet another side of her beautiful, real self, by authoring a cook book. I say, bravo!
I say, let us celebrate our beautiful bodies, and enjoy our growth in time and space, as long as they make us happy to be alive and enjoy the precious gift of life.
It is so difficult to find time for yourself when you are a mummy!
There are so many resources of course, but who uses them as such?
I subscribe to several newsletters but, to be honnest, I rarely find the time to read them all, let alone implement the suggestions.
And then there are mags. I love Vogue and Tatler and I love flicking through homes mags. After all, I am in the business of home deco. But who buys all those wonderful stuff? Certainly not me and you. Especially if you are a 16+, you'll rarely find anyone like you in any of these mags, except perhaps Kirsty Alley or the Duchess of York, in the context of losing weight.
But I LIKE my food and I like cooking. Plus, I am a vegetarian and if you are too, you know that everyone knows that a steak and a salad are good for you, and if you don't follow the Holy Rule of meat and dairy eating you'll never be like the girls on a Victoria's Secret catalogue.
So, because I don't have the time to do all that I want to do, I've decided to put an order to all the lovely things around us, make a selection and offer it to myself, one bite at a time, and to anyone stopping by.
I hope to enjoy this, and i hope you will, too!